is a 2006 American romantic film written and directed by and starring , , and . It is based loosely on 's short story, "Eisenheim the Illusionist". The film tells the story of Eisenheim, a in , who reunites with his childhood love, a woman far above his social standing. The film also depicts a fictionalized version of the .
reports that Neil Burger (The Illusionist, Limitless, Divergent) will direct Kevin Hart (Think Like a Man, Ride Along) and Bryan Cranston (Trumbo, “Breaking Bad”) in The Weinstein Company’s upcoming remake of the hit 2012 French comedy-drama The Intouchables.
But truly, the worst of it, is I was never surprised by The Illusionist. It seems, at core, an issue of the suspension of disbelief. I was never in worry of the end, and apparently had no reason to do so. Perhaps a tertiary need in other genres, the magician film genre seems to beg us to question it. Suspension of disbelief is needed on the most base of levels, but no further. We are begged to question how the puzzle is solved. The Prestige, in the end, literally and metaphorically, throws us for a loop and round again. The Illusionist acquiesces this responsibility in a cloud of smoke.